Oct 20, 2023
“Navajo Police: Class 57” Highlights Challenges of the Navajo Police Department
Yá’át’ééh, Another week has passed which means another week of news and updates from Washington, DC. In this week’s edition of the Wááshindoon Weekly, we cover several stories that will take us through the heart of our nation, highlighting significant events that touch on public safety, education, sustainable energy, and healthcare.
Oct 14, 2023
U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Congressional Review Act Case
Yá’át’ééh! It's time for another edition of the Wááshindoon Weekly, bringing you the latest news and insights on the most pressing issues of our time. This week, we delve into the aftermath of a significant Supreme Court decision, the ongoing political turmoil within the US House of Representatives, and a nationwide push to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
Sep 29, 2023
Navajo Nation Leadership Present Testimony on Capitol Hill
This week, the Navajo Nation made its presence known on Capitol Hill with two significant hearings. Our Navajo leaders emphasize the importance of tribal sovereignty in matters of water access and energy development, calling for support from federal entities to achieve economic security, self-determination, and environmental sustainability.
Sep 18, 2023
The Navajo Nation Washington Office Returns Home for the 75th Annual Navajo Nation Fair
The Navajo Nation Washington Office staff were able to reconnect with our community in Window Rock, AZ. They witnessed all aspects of the Fair, including the Miss Navajo Nation competition that highlighted the importance of cultural preservation. Overall, the visit allowed us to recenter our advocacy for the Navajo Nation in Washington, DC, and we extend our deepest gratitude to those who made the 75th Annual Navajo Nation Fair a success–most importantly our Navajo people.
Aug 16, 2023
18th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation
This week, the Wááshindoon Weekly brings you crucial updates on the Navajo Nation's efforts in fighting for their rights, preserving their lands, and fostering justice. We highlight four stories that respectively address violence against indigenous women, the legal status of Bears Ears, the enforcement of municipal laws against Native Americans, and the safeguarding of lands near the Grand Canyon.
Jul 17, 2023
President Buu Nygren Testifies on Two Legislation Regarding Water Extension Funding and Chaco Canyon
This past week was a particularly active one for the Navajo Nation Washington Office, as we strive to represent our community's needs and priorities at the national level. Our President, Dr. Nygren, took center stage and demonstrated leadership on our behalf in two influential congressional committees.
Jul 7, 2023
Healing the Spirit of Native Youth
The Navajo Nation Washington Office (NNWO) continues to work tirelessly to address pressing issues impacting the Navajo Nation and all Indigenous communities across the United States. This past week, our efforts have spanned from New Mexico to Washington D.C., demonstrating our unwavering commitment to addressing critical matters of tribal sovereignty, justice, and societal welfare.
Jun 17, 2023
Navajo Nation Vice-President Visits Washington DC
This week the Navajo Nation Vice-President, Richelle Montoya, was in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Water Resources Design Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The award highlighted the achievements of Souder, Miller & Associates innovative design for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project (NGWSP) that will provide water from the San Juan River to eastern section of the Navajo Nation, southwestern portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the city of Gallup, NM.
Jun 12, 2023
First Navajo to be Appointed and Confirmed as a Federal Judge
The Navajo Nation Washington Office has had a busy week in the nation's capital, advocating for the needs of the Navajo people. From meetings with Congressional representatives to attending policy briefings, the NNWO has been working tirelessly to ensure that the voices of the Navajo Nation are heard.
May 28, 2023
The Navajo Nation Washington Office Commemorates Memorial Day and Sergeant Jeff King
This week has everyone on edge as we continue to monitor the debt ceiling negotiations. Fortunately, there has been a deal and the Navajo Nation Washington Office will analyze the text as it becomes available and goes through Congress.
Apr 30, 2023
The U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime held a Candlelight Vigil for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
The first major event was NAFOA’s DC conference, which was attended by Delegate Parrish, Slater, and Damon, as well as a representative from the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development. NAFOA was founded over forty years ago as the Native American Finance Officers Association with a focus on ways tribal finance can help in developing economic opportunities for tribes. They typically host two large conferences each year, with experts presenting on a wide variety of issues that can impact tribal economies and governance. Federal officials are frequently among the presenters, including Secretary Granholm, from the U.S. Department of Energy, who encouraged tribes to apply for clean energy grants that have fast approaching deadlines. Other presentations included an update from the U.S. Treasury, an analysis of how the current U.S. Supreme Court could impact tribal sovereignty, potential tax reforms being debated by the U.S. Congress, and practical reviews of issues from foreign trade, cannabis production, and cybersecurity.
Apr 7, 2023
Annie Dodge Wauneka: Naat'áanii and Naabaahii
This week NNWO had the pleasure of hosting Budget and Finance Committee Chair Shaandiin Parrish as she came to DC to begin the dialogue of an extension to the obligation and expenditure deadlines for the American Rescue Plan Act funding the Nation received.
Mar 31, 2023
President Nygren Visits DC for Supreme Court Hearing and Other Meetings
This week we report on some exciting news including a visit to DC from Navajo leadership, a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency addressing a long-standing issue that has affected the Navajo Nation, exciting opportunities for Native American students attending Navajo Technical University, important updates on Congressional Direct Spending, an analysis on a recent Supreme Court hearing regarding the future of Navajo Water Rights in Arizona, and moves by the VA to help veterans.